Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is one of the most common criminal offenses people are arrested for in Austin. There is a science to executing a strong defense which may involve going to trial in order to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
In Texas, a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI, also referred to as “DUI”) can lead to very serious consequences. Some of these consequences include a driver’s license suspension, jail time, steep fines, community service, Texas DPS (Department of Public Safety) surcharges and probation. Another penalty, that is considered indirect, could be an increased premium on your car insurance. Needless to say, these penalties can have a disastrous impact on your life moving forward. However, being arrested for any offense does not necessarily mean that it will lead to a conviction. In the event that you are arrested and charged with DWI, it is vital that you contact a qualified Texas defense attorney who may be able to find inconsistencies or weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, which could lead to a reduction or dismissal of your charges. The cost of a DWI lawyer varies. There is a range of several hundred to several thousand dollars. For a first time DWI the cost will usually be about a few thousand dollars. This is roughly 3 or 4 thousand. The price tag for subsequent DWI charges will usually cost more. The following DWI cases have punishment increases and the work it takes to keep the DWI charge off the driver’s criminal record is increased.
How Much Does a DWI Cost? The better question might be how much does a DWI cost? By cost I mean that you may hire a cheap DWI attorney to handle your case and you are convicted of DWI. In the short run the amount of money you spent was minimal. In the long run spending more money for a quality Texas DWI lawyer would have been much, much cheaper. How? Avoiding a DWI conviction can prevent several future problems. Finding the best DWI lawyer will prevent that.
A DWI conviction can prevent promotions at work. Also let’s say you apply for a new position at a different company. Another person with similar qualifications is also applying for the job. The company may run a background check on you both and see that you have a DWI on your record. The other person does not have a criminal record. The DWI conviction on your record just helped the company decide to hire the other person.
The cost of the current attorney fees, fines, and insurance rates are the short term cost. When you consider the term “cost”, the idea of “long term cost” needs to be taken into account for the full picture.
Affordable DWI Lawyer An affordable DWI attorney does not mean “cheap” attorney. Affordable might mean that the price is similar to the lawyer’s original set flat fee but the lawyer accepts a payment plan. I accept payment plans with a down payment. The payments need to be consistent and a certain amount set forth in the contract. I will charge a percentage more than the original total fee because of the extra issue of the payment plan.
How Much Does a Good DWI Lawyer Cost? For a DUI or DWI First charge the cost will vary. Let’s say the DWI lawyer has several years experience and is skilled at getting reductions and dismissals. The client might be looking at a range of $5,000 up to $20,000 at the top end. By hiring a good, or even the Best DWI Lawyer, you are paying for skill, experience, and years of DWI training.
Finding a “good” DWI lawyer can be tricky. WIth out a friend who refers you to a trusted lawyer, you will need to ask questions. It will not be easy. Lawyer will lie and tell you that they have experience and skill. Many will just want to take your money. I realize that I am accountable throughout the whole process and want my clients to be satisfied with my representation in the end. I want them to feel like they can refer me to a family member and know that they will be in good hands.